Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference Between AAA, AA and A?

AAA or Tier I is reserved for only a few, very selective organizations.  Most organizations compete at Tier II or AA level. Small organizations usually compete at the Tier III/A/Mixed level.  Only organizations who are classified as Tier I or Tier II may compete for a National Championship. Tier III organizations only compete for a State Championship. Many players from Tier II or III organizations will end up playing high school hockey, juniors and at the college level. Despite the hype, only a very few elite players end up playing at the professional level and while most played AAA hockey at some point, there are many examples of players who by geography or cost consideration never played AAA.

Note there is considerable hype about playing AAA or Tier I Hockey. AAA hockey is also extremely expensive and time consuming with no guarantee of playing at a higher level (junior, college or professional).  We wish any player well who desires to tryout for an AAA team. If your child makes a AAA team, we consider that a success for our program!  However, if your child tries out and does not make the AAA team, we encourage families to bring your child back to Webster Youth Hockey for AA tryouts as he (or she) will have greater exposure (and the possibility of playing on Tier II TB team) playing on the top team at Webster than they would playing on a secondary team at an organization which fields AAA teams.  Also note only players on the top team at an organization can apply for selection for district/regional camps at an organization (at age 14 and older). Players who are elite generally must move away at age 16 or 17 to play in the elite Tier II (NA) or I (USHL) Junior leagues in order to play at the professional or college level. Colleges generally do not offer freshmen hockey scholarships until their Junior eligibility is completed at age 20.

Why does hockey cost so much?

Ice time costs over $300 per hour and it goes up every year. Webster Youth Hockey contracts with the Webster Ice Arena to buy ice. The Webster Ice Arena Board, not Webster Youth Hockey, sets the ice price.

Webster Youth Hockey fees generally contain costs for ice and development (practice, games and clinics) which is  about 75% of our fees.  Other components include 6% for equipment and uniforms, 5% for referees, coach certification and league fees 8%, and the remainder pays for the website, credit card fees, event promotion, insurance, etc. Webster Youth Hockey is run by volunteers who are not paid.

Why can't we have a regular ice slot for practices?
There are two contributing factors. One is ice time is limited because Webster Ice Arena only has one rink and the Webster Ice Arena expects Webster Youth Hockey to buy a contracted amount of ice every season. There is also limited amounts of ice at other other rinks usually at 5 PM and 8/9 PM. Therefore someone has to take the 5 PM, weekend, Friday, and 8/9 PM practice slots. Regular practice slots mean some teams would always get the less desirable times.  Therefore, teams have different slots each week so all teams share the less desirable times.
The second factor is 3 High School Varsity and several JV teams also use Webster Ice Arena for practices and games.  During the high school season, we lose most of the 5 PM practice slots to the High Schools and most of their home games are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays which means we lose 2 hours of practice ice for every home High School game.  The High School game days and times vary every week, therefore our available practice ice varies every week during the High School season.
Every other hockey organization in Rochester has these issues. Some have Junior or College conflicts also.

Why aren't the registration fees the same at all organizations? 

Each organization puts a different amount of ice and use different vendors (jerseys, off ice training, on ice training to name a few). Webster generally puts more ice in their fees when the amount of ice time is compared. Most other other orgs do not put pre-season ice in their Travel fees, do not give practice ice to House or Travel teams after the end of February (post season ice), may not include off ice training or clinics to name just a few differences.  Also, ice prices can vary according to the rink you play at or other orgs may pay coaches (we do not!). WYHA regularly surveys the other orgs to see the ice and development opportunities they offer so we can offer competitive pricing and development opportunities.